PortandTerminal.com, September 23, 2019
BAYTOWN, TX – Last Friday strong currents caused by flooding stripped away nine barges from a fleeting area on the San Jacinto River, sending them downstream towards the I-10 freeway bridge at Lynchburg, Texas.
Nine barges broke free and two of them, owned by Canal Barge of Louisiana, crashed into the I-10 bridge. Crews closed down traffic in both directions.
At least two barges struck the bridge, causing what appears to be extensive damage to the bridge’s concrete pilings, and the I-10 crossing has been shut to traffic due to the damage.
According to Texas Department of Transport, the barges have now been dislodged, and damage to the bridge is being inspected. Some traffic is now flowing over the bridge.
The barge strike was the second to affect the I-10 bridge this year. In February, a single barge hit a bridge piling, causing enough damage to shut all but two lanes until May.
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